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 Château Azay-le-Rideau, Cher

 Château Azay le Rideaux

Also still known to some history-conscious local residents as Azay-le-Brûlé, recalling an episode in 1418 when an earlier fort on the site was burned by the future King Charles VII, and the 350 soldiers manning it, were hanged.

The château was built in the 1520s and has been home to many different families in its life. The Marquis and Marquess de Biencourt bought Azay-le-Rideau in 1787 in a very dilapidated state, and the family spent a great deal of money on renovation, ensuring that it survived. Many visitors to the Loire Valley think this is the most beautiful château of them all; sitting in the park, eating a picnic lunch looking at the château reflected in the River Indré on a sunny day, is a very happy memory.

The château entrance across the River Indré

The French state has owned the estate since 1905, and the furnished apartments are open to the public all year. The son-et-lumiere events held in the park during the summer tell some of the history of Azay-le-Rideau, definitely not to be missed if you're here at the right time.

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